©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016
January in Southeastern Arizona sometime is a little grey and dreary. Plants are resting and dreaming of sunshine and new growth. It is a good time of year to reflect back on the past year and start making plans for the current year. Creating the paper cast butterfly and small potted silk ivy is a breeze and makes a great gift. I keep several of these on hand as “cheer up gifts. It is a perfect gift for someone who is ill or in the hospital…….. the last thing they need to worry about is watering a plant!
- Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
- Casting mold: CP Butterfly
- A sunny window, heat gun or microwave oven
- Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
- Scraps of white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
- Beacon QuickGripTM adhesive
- Silk Ivy plant, moss, flower foam, small terracotta pot, white plastic coffee stirrer
- 24 gauge green wire, Coiling Gizmo™
- Two ½” flat backed white pearl hearts, 1/8: flat backed round pearl, 2 small spaghetti beads
- Wire cutters
- Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white scraps.
- Cast one (or more) of the butterfly molds.
- Dry the castings in a microwave oven, with a heat gun, or place it in a sunny window.
- Create the antennas from the green wire and the Coiling Gizmo™.
- Attach the spaghetti beads to the body of the butterfly, the antennas & flat backed round to the head and the two hearts to the wing area, the coffee stirrer to the back of the butterfly with QuickGrip™ adhesive.
- Place the flower foam inside the pot.
- Place the moss on top of the foam.
- Cut the ivy plant apart.
- Insert the silk ivy plant pieces into the moss covered foam.
- Insert the butterfly plant pick into the pot.